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NCC-PDI Extends Submission Deadline for $250K Pediatric Medical Device Competition to Sept. 12

Up to six innovations to be awarded at fourth annual Pediatric Surgical Innovation Symposium September 01, 2016

Washington, DC – The National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) announces that it is extending the deadline for the “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” pitch competition by one week to Monday, Sept. 12 at 5 pm EDT.

Up to six prizes totaling $250,000 will be awarded to the winning presentations at the fourth annual Pediatric Surgical Innovation Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 8 hosted by the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Health System.

The competition invites proposals from innovators – researchers, entrepreneurs, and clinicians – with a pediatric medical device concept that addresses a significant, yet unmet pediatric need and lends itself to commercialization. In addition to the prize money, winners will receive consultation services from NCC-PDI. For competition details, click here.

“With the upcoming holiday, we wanted to give medical device innovators more time to submit their application,” said Kolaleh Eskandanian, PhD, Executive Director of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation and NCC-PDI.

Confirmed judges for the pitch competition include Susan Alpert, a former Director of the Food and Drug Administration Office of Device Evaluation and former Senior Vice President and Chief Regulatory Officer of Medtronic; Julia Finkel, MD, of Children’s National Health System; Rick Greenwald of Simbex; Matt Maltese, PhD, of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and Tiffany Wilson of the Global Center for Medical Innovation.

The “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” competition is a part of the Sheikh Zayed Institute’s fourth annual Pediatric Surgical Innovation Symposium, “Helping Kids and the Economy Grow Stronger Through Innovation,” on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC. The one-day conference and Medtech innovation showcase will bring together innovators, children’s hospital executives, local economic development strategists, investors, patient advocates, and policy makers, to stimulate pediatric device innovation and bring solutions to market faster. The opening keynote speaker is Brian T. Kenner, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development for the District of Columbia.

For the symposium agenda, registration, and to reserve a booth space for the Medtech innovation showcase, visit

Contact: Hani Ukayli at 202-476-4500

About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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